Janesville family displaced after fire

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Ted Sullivan
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
— A Janesville family remains temporarily homeless after a fire gutted two garages attached to their house.

Janesville firefighters responded to 2630 Mineral Point Ave. at 11 a.m. Tuesday after flames erupted inside two garages, Janesville Fire Shift Cmdr. Scott Morovits said. Danny and Denise Nicoson own the property and lived in the home with two daughters.

The family was not home when the fire started, he said. Two dogs and two cats were rescued.

The American Red Cross of South Central Wisconsin is assisting the family with a temporary place to live until they can return home, Morovits said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.

Mineral Point Avenue was closed between Crosby Avenue and Sunset Drive while firefighters battled the blaze.

Several people gathered along the street to watch the fire. Several fire engines, police cars and ambulances were at the scene.

Black soot crawled up the home’s walls. The garages had holes in the walls and roofs. The home remained in good condition, although it had smoke damage, Morovits said.

Firefighters doused the flames with water, quickly turning the fire into heavy smoke and steam. Firefighters gave one of the dog’s oxygen in the home’s front yard.

The dog wagged its tail before it was taken to a veterinarian.

The Nicoson family cried and hugged while watching the fire from across the street. They were allowed to view the damage when the fire was out. They declined to comment.

Last updated: 2:04 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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